How the media stereotype certain categories of Americans.
How the media stereotype certain categories of Americans, especially minorities, and in most cases the readings suggest that stereotypes present a danger to individuals, to a group, or to the culture. Please, in the essay you must examine the potential consequences of media stereotypes for society as a whole or for a particular group or person. Note that you might wish to argue that there are no negative consequences of media stereotypes or that, if there are, we should not be concerned with them. This essay will likely be most successful if you are careful to qualify your claims and to cite specific evidence, rather than dealing in vague generalities. To addition, here are some questions that would help you answer this essay o to complete it:
1.-Do the media represent people as ideal types—that is, as we wish we were or as others (marketers? groups with various kinds of social power?) wish we were? If so, to what extent are these practices harmful? To whom? Why?
2.-Do the media represent some segments of the population in terms of ideal types and other segments in terms of stereotypes? If so, to what extent are these practices damaging? To whom? Why?
3.-When do the media influence us directly? When are they mediated in some way—that is, linked to complex changes that, in turn, influence attitudes or behaviors?
Note: The sources (references) must be academic sources, please